The Resource Wise family collection, 1787-2012

Wise family collection, 1787-2012

Label
Wise family collection, 1787-2012
Title
Wise family collection, 1787-2012
Title variation
Wise collection
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Wise Family Collection consists of genealogical records related to the Wise family of Rockingham County, Virginia and information about the Wise family home in Bridgewater, Virginia
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Biographical or historical data
The Wise family were settlers of German and Swiss descent who came to Rockingham County, Virginia in the eighteenth century. Originally spelled as Weiss, the name has had several different spellings, including Weis, Wiss, and Wise. Adam Wise I, 1761-1839, moved from his parent’s home in Moorefield, Virginia (what is now West Virginia) to near the current town of Bridgewater, Virginia around 1782 [1] and is documented as owning land in Staunton and Harrisonburg, Virginia during his lifetime. In the late 1790s he built a limestone farmhouse that still stands today [2]. The area around the home was and is still known as Wise Hollow. The Wise family home in pictured in this collection was built around the time of the Civil War by Samuel Wise and Catherine Evers Wise in the Wise Hollow area. Generations of Wise family lived in the home and worked on the farm, raising cattle, hogs, and horses. St. Michael’s Church, located across the dirt lane from the family home, was originally a German Reformed Church, and existed as early as the 1790s. The church was at one point known as Wise’s Meeting House, and one acre of land for the church and cemetery was officially deeded by Adam Wise I in 1828. [3] See genealogical materials in this collection for additional information on the family home and individual members of the Wise family.
Cataloging source
VMC
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Wise family collection, 1787-2012
Link
https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/manuscripts/0001WiseFamily.aspx
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
934637120
Extent
1 half-Hollinger box; .21 linear feet.
Form of item
electronic
Governing access note
Collection is open for research
Immediate source of acquisition
Hiram Joseph Wise III donated the family Bible and the materials in this collection in October, 2014.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Organization method
The collection is arranged topically in 3 folders. There is no series arrangement.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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